Don Marti

Sat 13 Nov 2010 10:19:55 AM PST

Trade deficit

Just to put the US trade deficit with the People's Republic of China in perspective.

The trade deficit with the PRC was about $227 billion in 2009, and Microsoft's market cap is about $225 billion. So every year, the USA is doing the equivalent of packing Microsoft into shipping containers—every rack of servers, every line of code, every partner contract, every patent—and loading the containers onto a ship bound for the PRC.

Thinking about celebrating Buy Nothing Day this year.